Hamilton Southeastern Schools is proud of its excellent record in its support of high ability learners. It recognizes and appreciates the special talents of all its students and is dedicated to providing a learning environment that continues to nurture these talents.
The corporation offers a formal high ability
program for students in grades one through
twelve. Formal identification begins in kindergarten.
The REACH program reflects the corporation's
priority and commitment to its advanced learners,
whose unique needs cannot be developed adequately
in the general education program. Hamilton
Southeastern Schools invite parents to consider
the REACH program as a viable option for their
child. To assist in this deliberation, the
corporation has created these specific webpages
to share important information about the REACH
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, in collaboration
with the Indiana Department of Education, defines
a high ability student as one who “performs
at [achievement] OR shows the potential for
performing at an outstanding level of accomplishment
in at least one domain when compared with other
students of the same age, experience, or environment,
and is characterized by exceptional gifts,
talents, motivation, or interests” (IC 20-36-1-3).
The chart below helps distinguish the "bright
child" from the "gifted learner." A
gifted or high ability learner tends to exhibit
a majority of the characteristics listed.
Indiana Association for the Gifted (IAG)*
National Association for the Gifted (NAGC)*
Indiana Department of Education – Office of
High Ability Education